If you are in northeastern Vermont, then you are in the Shire of Panther Vale, but that is only one small part of the world of the Society of Creative Anachronism.
Why ‘Panther Vale?’
The panther in our heraldic device (also known as a coat of arms) represents the catamount that once lived in Vermont. Although it is officially extinct, rumors surface from time to time that it still roams our mountains.
Neither panthers nor catamounts breathe fire, if that’s what you’re thinking when you look at the device. Our panther is enjoying an impressive belch, such is the quality of the feasts Panther Vale’s cooks create.
The laurel wreath on our device is displayed on all the devices of SCA groups as a nod to our collective membership in the organization.
Green and gold are a common color pairing in Vermont. Another place you may have seen it is on the logo of the University of Vermont Catamounts, but the similarity ends there. After all, UVM’s logo flouts the many strict rules of heraldry.